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An imaging diagnostic for the observation of plasma density fluctuations is presented. It is based on the phase contrast method, and is used on the TCA tokamak to investigate fluctuations associated with plasma turbulence and driven waves in radio frequency heating experiments. The diagnostic uses a 23cm-wide CO(2) laser beam transmitted through the plasma, and produces an image of the plasma where the small phase shifts due to refractive perturbations are revealed as corresponding intensity variations. A wide range of fluctuation wavelengths between 0.2 and about 20 cm is accessible to observation, with a sensitivity better than 1.0 E-5 rad for a 1-MHz bandwidth.

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Authors: WIESEN H, Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 59 (1988), No. 8, pp.1544-1549
Record Number: 198910201 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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